After Galen Stone's private meeting with Eklund (see previous document), Deputy Director General for Safeguards Rudolph Rometsch met privately with Joerg Menzel to discuss the Agency's safeguards at the TRR. Rometsch confirmed that Taiwan had not included the exit port in the design information that it had submitted to the Agency but "gave no explanation as to why the IAEA had not known about the port" (implying that it should have been noticed during the 1976 inspection). Rometsch "did not comment on previous IAEA safeguards effectiveness at all during 90-minute conversation." He did, however, observe that the special fuel rods "put safeguards at TRR and the significance of [the] now defunct reprocessing laboratory in new perspective." The implication was that the fuel rods could have been cut up into small enough pieces to be processed at the one-cell reprocessing laboratory which had apparently been closed under U.S. pressure.
Stone reported that Rometsch did not seem to be aware of the discrepancies in the fuel rod count that the IAEA's Leslie Thorne had noticed. Moreover, Rometsch did not confirm Thorne's statement that the Agency had approved the transfer of spent fuel to dry storage, but in fact that would happen in the coming months.
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